brenn79 (1414) - Idaho, USA - MAR 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours pale golden with little head, aroma is spruce citrus and pretty good. The flavor is a decent Pale ale, some malt but the hops also come through.
poisoneddwarf (1602) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2010 12 oz bottle into Grolsch lager glass. Smells like Sugar, cheap grain. Pours deep golden with a medium head and excellent lacing. Taste is just slightly piney; starts sour, ends bitter. Itís more grainy. Medium carbonation. Overall, a very grainy pale ale. Iíve had worse, but Iíve had better.
ross (2042) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is by far the best beer in the case. Orange-yellow color with a white head on it. Smell shows some signs of hops, a little yeast, some malts. Taste is smooth, sort of bitter, little bit of grass and straw. Not a bad beer, this is something I could drink whenever. If they sold this by the case I would buy it.
Ughsmash (6970) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to John for the bottle. Poured clear lighter orange with a short, well-retained off-white head. The aroma picked up sweet caramel and lesser bready notes with fresh floral backing.. simple and well-balanced. The flavor found sweet pale malts and a touch of honey at the core.. moderate floral and peppery bitterness around.. spicy and refreshing on the finish. Lighter-bodied and crisp on the palate.. very easy-drinkiní with no complaints from me.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle thanks to my roommate. When Costco stamps their brand on a beer, you know itís got to be a quality product. To be honest, this really isnít an awful beer. Pours clear golden with a medium-sized white head. Aroma is grainy and malty with some slight floral and herbal hop notes. Flavor is pale and caramel malt, grains, and just a bit of hop bitterness, mostly herbal. Medium-light body with average carbonation and nothing particularly exciting on the mouthfeel. Meh, but hey, at least this beer is cheap and better than BMC.
ROGUE (2086) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 12, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle (Costco sample pack). Pours to a golden bronze with off white head. Smell is light in caramel, grainy malt and mild hops. The hop taste is there at first but is quickly shot down by malt which dominates this beer. Finish is slightly bitter hops.
AverageJoe (4) - , Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2010 does not count
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
I think Friday(25)ís comment was spot on for this beer.
"Overall, not a bad beer on itís own. If youíre looking for a traditional APA, youíll only be teased with this beer. But, on itís own, it still a good beer to wash down some hearty meals."
johnnyoski (412) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Pours a very light orange color with an average white head. Light aroma of flowers, citrus and biscuit. Initial light malty flavor up front. Finishes bitter and flowery with a bit of a strange aftertaste. Watery texture with ok carbonation. Nothing fancy, something sessionable and refreshing.
Friday (30) - Brighton, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Iíll admit, Iím a sucker for American pale ales. The first thing I thought when pouring this beer was "darn, that is a bit light". It poured much almost light amber, much different than the copper red that is distinctive of a pale ale. You can smell the cascade hops, and this provides a bitter citrus aroma, but lacks the malt smell of typical APAís. Flavor is the initial cascade hops, then a malt flavor with hops, possibly a hint of caramel, and ends in caramel hop flavor. Overall, not a bad beer on itís own. If youíre looking for a traditional APA, youíll only be teased with this beer. But, on itís own, it still a good beer to wash down some hearty meals.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from the variety case. Pours a medium copper with a decent white head- aroma has a slight Diacetyl fruity buttery character- slick, a bit solvetn, ok grassy and citrus hops, and light sharp toasted and carapils malts. Flavor is sharp malts, a bit slick overall- ok grassy and citrus cascade and willamette-like- a bit of tea in the end. Typical Saranac house character in this one.